J. J. Grandville

By | 2018-03-13T21:18:42+00:00 November 21st, 2017|

  French artist Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard (13 September 1803 – 17 March 1847) continued the tradition started by his theatrical grandparents and artistic father when he also chose to publish his work under the name Grandville. He moved to Paris when he was only 21 and became a a successful caricaturist. He published his [...]

Those Vegetables!

By | 2017-11-12T20:23:02+00:00 November 12th, 2017|

It’s not just animals that we gift or burden with human traits. Artists have also freed vegetables from their roots, allowing them to find both love and jealously human-style. Below are examples from Amédée Varin’s beautiful 1851 edition of L’Empire des légumes.  (Click on an image to see a scroll-through slide show.) Advertisers [...]

Warwick Goble

By | 2018-02-10T22:34:15+00:00 November 12th, 2017|

  Warwick Goble (November 22, 1862 – January 22, 1943)  studied at the City of London School and the Westminster School of Art.  He initially worked for a printer and depended on local gazettes for publication of his work.  But he achieved success as an artist in his early thirties: The Royal Academy began exhibiting his [...]

Louis Wain’s Cats

By | 2018-03-25T23:06:51+00:00 November 12th, 2017|

“I take a sketch-book to a restaurant, or other public place, and draw the people in their different positions as cats, getting as near to their human characteristics as possible. This gives me doubly nature, and these studies I think [are] my best humorous work.” – Louis Wain British artist Louis Wain created an entire world of cats.  They [...]